The Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree provides skilled musicians the opportunity to develop expertise in the classroom, ensemble and private studio in preparation for careers and state certification as public music school teachers and directors.
This degree has three concentrations:
- General Music
With approximately 150 students, the Bachelor of Music in Music Education is the Hayes School of Music's largest degree program. It serves the state and the region with outstanding professionals who advance the art of music making among our youth.
- Nearly 100 percent job placement in recent years
- Alumni are leaders in the North Carolina Music Educators Association, including past president James Daugherty '94
- Current students come from and serve more than 50 percent of North Carolina's counties
In addition to the general Appalachian State University application, any student interested in being considered as a music major, regardless of degree program, must audition successfully before the Hayes School of Music faculty. Information on auditions can be found here.
Supplemental Requirement: All students wishing to enter the Music Education program will be required to attend a departmental meeting on the day of the audition.
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Including the Hayes Young Artist Competition
Classes in the Music Education program include the Hayes School of Music's core curriculum: private instrument/voice study, ensemble participation, music theory and aural skills, music history, world music and other musicianship classes.
Additionally, students in the degree study specific techniques for teaching elementary and secondary music students, as well as general education theory. These courses are taught through Appalachian's Reich College of Education. Courses include theoretical, practical and observational approaches. Successful completion of the degree leads to K-12 certification.
This degree requires a semester of student teaching.
- Programs of Study
- A four-year course plan and other details are found in the Hayes School of Music Student Handbook.
- Course descriptions and advising information are found in the Undergraduate Bulletin under the Hayes School of Music.
Faculty members in the Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree program include experts in instrumental, vocal and general music education. The program director is Dr. Lisa Runner. Other faculty members include:
- Dr. Lisa Runner
- Dr. Stephen Hopkins
- Dr. John Ross
- Dr. Susan Mills
- Dr. Ellie Wee
- Dr. Meg Stohlmann
- Dr. Jason Gardner
- Dr. Katy Strand
Additional members of the Music Performance faculty teach secondary methods. See the full faculty and staff listing.
Do you love music? Do you want to teach? Be a music teacher! Graduates of the Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree enjoy a nearly 100 percent job placement in the public schools across the state and the region as music teachers and directors.
Alumni are active in the North Carolina Music Educators Association and take leadership roles, such as James Daugherty '94 who serves as a past president.
- For assistance in finding internship, career and graduate school opportunities, visit Appalachian's Career Development Center.
- Click here for more about music careers